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Amazon Business Manager Reviews

Updated June 7, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2287 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 472 reviews)

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  1. "I love working here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart people, great products, great company culture

    Cons

    Very fast paced environment. While having smart people a lot of smart people is a plus, the pace of innovation can be intimidating and challenging.


  2. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, fast moving, strong leadership support. Overall, depending on the area of the business, you can find a productive and fulfilling role at Amazon.

    Cons

    The company is outgrowing it's own pants, too fast, and the push for process in all areas of the business is slowing innovation.

    Advice to Management

    focus on compensation.

  3. "Six years at Amazon!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazon is one of those rare companies where you can work and produce products that everybody uses, knows about and respects. As an individual, you're empowered and encouraged to work backwards from the customer to make the best possible experience for the end customer (which we often are too).
    I've enjoyed doing this with the Amazon Prime Video group and now with Alexa.
    I'm currently hiring, if you're interesting in doing cool stuff in Alexa, PM me :)

    Cons

    Very hardworking and full on, it's a face paced environment and you have to work hard to carve out the right work / life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Despite the Amazon LP's, a few managers end up breaking trust with their teams, we should spot these cases earlier.


  4. "Senior Manager, Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Business Development in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Business Development in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people everywhere who care about the customer, the company, and you. Flexible work life balance. Good resources to get the job done.

    Cons

    No cons that don't exist elsewhere.


  5. "Business Devlopment Roles at Amazon (specifically AWS)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Fast paced environment working with lots of smart people.
    - Once you show you are capable, you are given a high degree of responsibility.
    - There is abundant opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
    - Quick decision making allows the company to operate like a startup.

    Cons

    Most things are “self service” meaning you are expected to “figure it out” so, if you are not self-motivated, you will struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the bar high, even as there is pressure to grow the company. Keeping the bozo factor low to nonexistent will help retain good people.


  6. "Love working on Amazon Alexa!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, hard working, motivated colleagues
    Fast paced
    Challenging, interesting work
    Great offices
    No bureaucracy
    Lots of diversity

    Cons

    The "self serve" culture can be challenging. No hand-holding here. Have to figure out what you need to be successful and then seek it out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Let employees know what they need to do to be successful and have them figure it out. Stay lean.


  7. "Love it here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Constantly learning culture
    Smart people
    Big dreams can be realized
    Thinking Big is encouraged
    Writing culture - encouraging one to think through ideas

    Cons

    Too many choices can create confusion.
    Wiki for everything - self learning culture can be hard initially.

  8. "Marathon Not a Sprint"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get out what you put in. There is no shortage of more work to take on, ideas to share and initiatives to start. If you are a creative mind, enjoy your days never being the same and can thrive in an environment with little direction and an exceptionally high bar- You can do anything at Amazon.

    Cons

    It is easy to get lost in the shuffle of an incredibly competitive environment and ruthless prioritization. People struggle with respecting other’s time. Many meetings and last minute cancellations.

    Advice to Management

    Inconsistent leadership. Many are strong and have respect and inspire the team/org. Others do not have these qualities - inconsistency in leadership and often feels like the bar is not equally high across leadership talent.


  9. "Amazon can bring out skill sets you haven't discovered."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Supportive leadership, who are willing to help create/direct the roadway for your future career goals.
    Everyday presents new challenges

    Cons

    Like any major top company, everyone is striving to be the best. Although at times it may feel uncomfortable, working around others will strong work ethics and high standards, help make you grow. You need to come in with mentality, of working hard and not ever getting content. If so, you will lose out on opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue putting value in career development programs and resources.


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    "Biz Dev for AWS"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leading company in our space (cloud), lots of excitement. Working with super sharp people.

    Cons

    Although I manage my own schedule, there are times that the high tempo can be tiring. Still, I'd prefer this hands-down to the opposite, lack of business.